Sunday, May 11, 2014

The AJ Poll: Should Drones Be Allowed In National Parks- Steve Casimiro
Rating: ****
By: Cameron Stotts

Should the public disturbance of unmanned aerial vehicles be ceased in our National Parks or would such a rule go against our rights as Canadian citizens? This intriguing article will give you valuable insight on the topic, without offering bias information, in order for you to come to your own conclusion.

The author, Steve Casimiro, does an excellent job of stating the important facts in this article without giving his own biased opinion. He declared that the drones can be extremely noisy, impact the wilderness experience for other visitors and also, to some degree, interfere with emergency rescue operation that take place in the park. Yosemite National Park was among the first to declaring drones illegal in their park due to the fact that they also have a negative impact on the wildlife nearby, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls. However, the author also states that some of what the park has declared could be datatable, impacting emergency rescue operations- that seems a little obsured. At this point in time, no one has been charged for the use of drones nevertheless, this will be a lengthy debate between the FAA and the other frustrated citizens of Canada.

Without the presence of drones in our National Parks, I believe that you would partake in a more relaxing and fulfilling experience when camping in the outdoors. The FAA raised many points that were supported by information that could not be ignored. Drones are noisy and will disturb the park visitors as they try to enjoy their time alone or with their friends and family. This made me reflect on the hiking trip and how much of a bother it would have been to have a constant buzzing that filled the air, it would have driven me to the point of insanity. It also made me reflect on my own behavior during the hiking trip, was I considering the well being of the others around me as well as the wildlife because it’s not only the drones that can disturb others. In conclusion, this article showed me that drones, as helpful as they may be, should not be allowed in our National Parks.

If you are contemplating about whether or not to use a drone in a National Park, I highly recommend that you read this article, it might make you second guess your decision.

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